I have complied two map themed gift lists. One full of ideas on travel themed gifts to make and the other on gifts that you can buy for those with wanderlust.
I admit it I have a bit of a map obsession. Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ll cover almost anything I can on a map!
I think maps are beautiful, fascinating and personal. They are great for sparking memories of special places and vacations.
A lot of the ordinary can be transformed into awesome with a bit of map pimping or map decoupage (ie my Ikea lamp hack). They can be used to personalise a space or object by using maps of places that are special to you.
With this updated map themed gift guide I have gathered a list of some wonderful present ideas for the map lovers in your life.
Homemade Map Themed Gift Ideas
This is a collection of gifts that you can make yourself. Many of the tutorials are very simple and used upcycled materials, so are very affordable. A lot of the gift ideas use old road maps.
The advantage of making your own map themed gifts is that you can choose the map you use and thus make the gift personalized by using maps of special places.
You can download many free printable maps to use for these handmade gift ideas here too.
Best Ideas for Map Themed Gifts To Purchase
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Everyone seems to carry a water bottle with them these days. I know I take one with me every time I go out shopping for the day or to the gym.
This chrome 750ml Water Bottle featuring a classically coloured vintage world map printed section is perfect for those with wanderlust.
Two Scratch Off Maps – Scratch Off World Map + Europe Map – Deluxe Scratch-Off International Posters with Colourful Countries, Capitals, Cities, Landmarks.
A fun gift for those that travel abroad a lot. Scratch off the countries you have visited.
Cavallini 2022 Diary – Vintage Maps Weekly Planner – 4x6ins – Week at A Glance Layout – Elastic Enclosure
A still like to use a physical planner as well as my phone. I get one of these every year. I love the vintage map design and it’s a perfect size for my bag.
This pen globe pen potholder would look so cool on my world map desk.
The floating globe is about 14cm in diameter, floating 360 degrees and spinning in the Midair globe, with coloured LED light to decorate it in the dark when it’s turned on.
Now, this would look really cool on my desk.
There was one of these on my original map themed gift list, but I think this is a better design.
I do a lot of my thinking in the shower. With this map, I can think about all the places I’ve been to and all the places I’ll go to.
Nothing says it better than a bouquet of map roses. These also have the advantage of lasting forever and won’t wilt and die.
You can save money and make your own map roses with my tutorial here. Also, you can make your map roses extra special by using maps of special places.
Another great stocking filler idea with this fun printed map washi tape.
I have a bit of a washi tape habit and can’t help buying the pretty tape. I even have a tutorial on how to make a handy washi tape holder.
This is a great gift for the kids. It’s both educational and fun. I’m sure a lot of adults would love to help with this puzzle too.
Whiskey Decanter and Glass Set, Baban Wine Decanter with Globe and Ship Design, 2 Glasses with Frosting World Map and 8 Whiskey Stones.
This whisky/cocktail set would look fantastic on any drinks trolley or home bar.
This is a great gift idea for campers and hikers. A map of their favourite hike or mountain is printed on a towel.
Another one for the kids. A fun pictorial map on a pillow that you can colour in. It comes with fabric felt tip pens.
This is a fabulous map themed gift for those with wanderlust. The wooden world map wall art is gorgeous. It comes in different sizes. There are options for blank maps or those with named countries and cities.
Pushpins and wooden landmarks are also available.
Explore the world with this lavish book of maps. This collection of 52 highly illustrated maps details not only geographical features and political borders, but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with each region.
Answer your way around the world with this awesome travel game. Win bonus points by testing your geographical knowledge even further and locate your answers on the map. A fun trivia game for those that love to travel.